Great news! The fossil whale in our Life & Times exhibit is officially a new species!
Visiting researcher Carlos M. Peredo, studied the whale—found in 1993 on the Olympic Peninsula—during his visit to the Burke last August. His research and the new species' name, Sitsqwayk cornishorum, were published earlier last week. "Sitsqwayk" (pronounced sits-quake) is a Klallam word for a powerful spirit from far out in the water said to bring wealth. The name was selected and used with permission from elders of The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. We're thrilled that Carlos' research has been published and that the whale has a name.